Aston le Walls Film Club

Film Club
We are always delighted to welcome new members.  Films are shown in our Village Hall.  Membership of the Film Club costs £10 for life which gives you a £1 discount on every Friday film (£5 instead of £6) and free entry to our Sunday programme when that re-starts in the New Year.  You can join on the door.  Friday films start at 7.30 pm, doors open 7:15.  Entry includes table snacks and a choice of puddings with a cuppa, after the film.  Bring your own drinks and glasses, if you’d like a tipple during the movie.  Please get in touch with us if you would like further details.
Please note: From now on Film Club will meet on the 3rd Friday in the month, instead of the last Friday as before.

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Please try to let us know you’re coming in advance so that we can plan the catering correctly.

FIlm Club Committee
Jo W
Wilf I
Chris F
(If you would like to get in touch with any of the Film Club Committee, please leave a comment on this website and it will be passed on to them.  Thank you.)

Oct/Nov 2021
Film Club started again in September with an entertaining screening of Restless Natives. It was enjoyed by all and a great way to get back to a regular programme after the long break. The programme for the rest of the year is below.  The December film will be the Film Club Christmas Party, with a festive meal served after the film.  Therefore the start time is 6.30pm, not the normal time of 7.30pm, and ticket price is £10 (£11 non members which includes £1 one night membership).  All welcome.  Please book for this event with Wilf or Jo.

Friday 15th October – A Promising Young Woman (Cert 15)
From ground breaking Academy Award Winner Emerald Funnell (Killing Eve). Promising Young Woman is a bold new vision that has ignited a debate starring Carey Mulligan as Cassie, a wickedly smart but singularly focused woman, who in order to overcome events from her past lives a double life by night. Following an unexpected encounter, Cassie is given the chance to right the wrongs of the past.

Friday 19th November – Nomadland (Cert 12)
Following the closure of the gypsum mine in the Nevada town she calls home, Fern pack her van and sets off on the road in this exquisite film. Exploring an unconventional life as a modern day nomad Fern discovers a resilience and resourcefulness unlike any she has known before. Along the way she meets other nomads who become mentors in the vast landscape of the American West. Based on the book by Jessica Bruder.

 Friday 17th December – Last Christmas (Cert 12) – followed by A festive supper.
A heartfelt romantic comedy inspired by the unforgettable music of George Michael. Emilia Clarke stars as Kate, who works as an elf at a year round holiday shop. Kate faces an endless streak of bad luck and poor decision making until she meets Tom, a kind hearted man with a mysterious past who challenges her cynical world view. It seems like nothing can keep this mismatched couple together, but sometimes you have to listen to your heart… and have faith. Tickets for this – £10 please book.

We look forward to seeing members, friends and neighbours.
The Film Committee

Aug/Sept 2021
We are really looking forward re-starting the Film Club in the Village Hall.  For the autumn, we will be showing films on the third Friday of the month at 7.30 pm (doors open 7:15).  The films for the autumn season are:

Friday 17th September
Restless Natives (12) “What is there to say one of Scotland’s greatest movies with the sound track to match?  All before anyone made a movie in Scotland or about Scotland bar the other Scottish classic Gregory’s Girl.  The sound track was of course written by Big Country, Scotland’s biggest band at the time and the reason why tartan was really invented. “Trisha, Amazon review

June/July 2021
Film Club was due to start again on Friday 28th May.  However, we have decided to put it back a few weeks.

We looked for a film that would be a bit of light, feel good entertainment after a pretty challenging year for us all. We will be showing ‘Restless Natives’.

‘One of the best ” under the radar” British comedies of the 80’s with an excellent cast that includes Bernard Hill, Robert Urquhart, Ned Beaty, Mel Smith to name a handful. Will is an unemployed youngster while his best mate Ronnie serves on the counter at a practical joke and costume shop. Frustrated at their situation and wanting a taste of the good things in life, they hit on the scheme of holding up tourist coaches and cars that cruise the Highlands, disguising themselves as The Clown and The Wolfman armed only with a pepper spray gun. They’re so successful they become a media sensation and major tourist attraction causing a huge headache for the Scottish authorities.

Charming, funny, occasionally hilarious and with the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands as its backdrop Restless Natives strikes all the right notes. If you like the early Scottish comedies of Bill Forsyth then you’re going to enjoy this.  Also very impressed with the transfer to DVD, with good saturation and audio quality.’

We look forward to seeing members again and to welcoming new members.

Apr/May 2021
We are planning to start Film Club again on the 28th of May as the Covid guidelines allow film screenings from May 17th.  The committee are about to put a programme together for May, June & July and would welcome any suggestions.  Can you recommend any good films you have watched during lockdown that you think others would enjoy?  Please get in touch (as above).

If you have recently moved into the village, Film Club is normally held on the last Friday evening in the month in the Village Hall.  Doors open at 7.15 pm, film starts at 7.30pm.  Bring your own drinks. 

We will also be planning a supper/film night during the summer so watch this space.  We are always delighted to welcome new members and guests.  There is a one off payment of £10 to become a member. Tickets are then £5 for members and £6 for guests.  We look forward to seeing you.
Jo, Wilf, Susan

Dec/Jan 2020/2021
We had been hoping to restart Film Club at the end of September. However, due to the latest restrictions limiting gatherings to groups of 6, we have decided to delay future screenings for a little longer.  As soon as we feel that we can safely get going again we will be in touch.  When we do get started again, we will have so many films to consider, it will be a difficult choice.  Suggestions from members are always welcome.

Coronavirus
In the light of recent developments concerning Coronavirus, we are, sadly, suspending all Film Club screenings until further notice.  Hopefully we will be able to resume/reschedule our programme in a few months.

In the meantime, if anyone is short of something to watch, and would like to borrow any of the Film Club dvds, please get in touch with one of the Film Club committee who will be delighted to arrange for you to collect/rummage through the collection.

We hope that you are all well and continue to remain so.  We will be back in touch as soon as it is possible to continue with the film screenings.

Film Club started the new year (2019) with the award winning film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ which was enjoyed by everyone who attended. This was the first of 8 films that will be screened over the next few months. The full programme is as follows:-

Friday 31st January       – Downton Abbey
Sunday 16th February   – Joker
Friday 28th February    – The Souvenir
Sunday 8th March         – Maiden

Membership is open to anyone from anywhere who would like to join. We ask for a one off payment of £10. Film screenings on Friday evenings are £5 for members and £6 for non-members. These evening films include puddings and tea/coffee after the film. Doors open at 7.15 pm and the film starts at 7.30 pm. Sunday films are free to members and their friends and family. There is a charge of £2.50/head for afternoon tea/cakes/sandwiches before the film. Doors open at 4.15 pm and the film starts at 4.30 pm. Please contact Jo Wilson 660376 if you would like more information.
We look forward to seeing you.

Winter Season
Dear Members,

Please find details below of the last two films before Christmas. Note there is a change of title for the last film on December 13th. We were planning to show ‘In Fabric’ but after watching it decided that, although it is a very good film, it is not really suitable for Film Club, especially as it is the last one before the festive season! I have a copy of the dvd so if anyone would like to borrow it please shout.

Friday 29th November – ‘Rocketman’ (Cert 15) – A sequin encrusted delight! On paper it reads like a by the book biopic: on screen it explodes with the vibrant colour and energy that only Elton John himself could evoke.

Friday 13th December – ‘Yesterday’ (Cert 12) – A glowing tribute to The Beatles and their music, this is both a toe tapping pleasure and a smart, occasionally scathing look at how we sometimes get things wrong.

Doors open at 7.15 pm, film starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets – Members £5, non members £6. All welcome. Puds etc after the film. Please remember to bring your own drinks and glasses.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Best wishes,
Film Club Committe

Film Club Autumn Season

The Film Club Autumn Season opened on 30th August with an enjoyable screening of ‘Fisherman’s Friends’.  Which was closely followed by an equally enjoyable ‘Lady Bird’ and the award winning ‘Green Book’.  This was screened after a supper of very appropriate Southern Fried Chicken!

Future dates for your diary are:
Sunday 13th October – ‘Wildlife (Cert 12)
Friday 25th October – ‘Wild Rose’ (Cert 15)
Sunday 10th November – ‘A Man Called Ove’ (Cert 15)

Friday films – doors open at 7.15pm, film starts at 7.30pm.  Members £5, non members £6.  Puds and tea/coffee served after the film.  Bring your own drinks & glasses.
Sunday films – doors open at 4.15pm, film starts at 4.30pm. Afternoon tea before the film @ £2.50. Tickets free.

New members are always welcome.  We ask for a one off payment of £10 for membership so please get in touch with one of us for more information and/or if you would like to get involved.
We look forward to seeing you.

Film Club News Autumn 2019 Season

Friday August 30th –                ‘Fisherman’s Friends’

Sunday 15th September –        ‘Lady Bird’  (Cert 15)  Marion McPherson, a nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her: loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated.

Friday 27th September –          ‘Green Book’ – The evening will include supper of Southern Fried Chicken, salads and puds.  Tickets £10.

Sunday 13th October –             ‘Wild Life’.

Friday 25th October –               ‘Wild Rose’

Friday films – Tickets £5 members – £6 non members.  Doors open at 7.15 pm.  Sunday films are free with a charge of £2.50 for afternoon tea.  Doors open at 4.15 pm.

Film Club News March – July 2019

Dear Members,
Here is the latest programme for Aston-le-Walls Film Club, March – July 2019. We hope that you like our choice of films and we look forward to seeing you.  Members who live in Aston-le-Walls will also receive a paper copy of this along with a membership application form.  Perhaps you could pass it on to a friend in another village who might be interested in joining the Film Club.

We would love to set up a children’s section of the film club.  If you are interested in getting involved or taking over the organisation of this please contact us.  (Leave a comment on this website.)

Friday 29th March Widows (Cert 15)
A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows, Veronica, Linda, Alice and Belle, have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses’ criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, Veronica joins forces with the other three women to pull off a heist that her husband was planning.

Sunday 14th April BlackkKlansman (Cert 15)
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out.

Friday 26th April The Old Man and the Gun (Cert 12A)
At the age of 70, Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Sunday 19th May Leave No Trace (Cert 12)
A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

Friday 31st May Mary Poppins Returns (Cert U)
Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins, the beloved nanny from their childhood, arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.

Sunday 16th June Get Out (Cert 15)
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Friday 28th June Colette (Cert 15)
After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghost write a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.

Friday 26th July First Man (Cert 12)
On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost, on Armstrong and on the nation, of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Film Club News Jan – March 2019
The New Year has brought an exciting new programme of films.  There are far too many great films and not enough days to show them all!  We started the season with Paddington 2, which was fun and enjoyed by all who came to see it.  The films we have planned for the next few weeks are as follows:

Sunday 10th February – The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society (Cert 12) – Lily James plays free-spirited writer, Juliet Ashton, who forms a bond with the society when she decides to write a book about them during the occupation of Guernsey during WWII.

Friday 22nd February – A Star is Born (Cert 12) – Lady Gaga stars in this excellent remake of the classic. Fab music.  Even better on our big screen with great sound system.

Sunday 10th March – Crazy Rich Asians (Cert 12) – Based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, Crazy Rich Asians follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her long-time boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore and meets Nick’s family for the first time.  It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family.

Film Club News Autumn/Winter 2018
Dear Members,

Here we are again at the beginning of a new Film Club season.  We have got some great films lined up between now and Christmas.  We hope that you will come along and enjoy them.  We have tried to choose a variety of genre, so there should be something for everyone.

As with previous Autumn/Winter seasons the last Friday in the month will tend to be well known, ‘blockbuster’ type films, whereas Sunday afternoons will be a more diverse selection.  The Autumn season will finish with (yes, I am afraid we are showing it Darrel!) Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again!  We will serve a Greek supper before this film and tickets will be £10.  Friends and family are all welcome to come to this but booking is essential. 

So, here is the list of dates for your diary….

Sunday 14th October – ‘The Shape of Water’ (Cert 15)

‘From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg.’

Friday 26th October – ‘Darkest Hour’ (Cert PG)

Gary Oldman gives the BAFTA and Academy Award winning performance of a lifetime in acclaimed director Joe Wright’s soaring drama. As Hitler’s forces storm across the European landscape and close in on the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill (Oldman) is elected the new Prime Minister. With his party questioning his every move, and King George VI sceptical of his new political leader, it is up to Churchill to lead his nation and protect them from the most dangerous threat ever seen. Also starring Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott-Thomas and Lily James. Darkest Hour is ‘a triumph’.’

Sunday 18th November –  ‘Puzzle’ (Cert 15)

‘PUZZLE is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift….’

Friday 30th November – ‘The Bookshop’ (Cert PG)

‘England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.’

Friday 14th December – ‘Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again!’ (Cert PG)

‘As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).’

Friday films – Doors open at 7.15pm, film starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets – £5 for members, £6 for non-members including puds/tea/coffee after the film

Sunday films – Doors open at 4.15 pm, film starts at 4.30 pm.  Free to members & friends/family.  Afternoon tea/cake/sandwiches before the film –  £2.50/head.

The film on Friday 14th December will start earlier with doors open at 7.00 pm. The film will start as soon as everyone has had supper.

We look forward to seeing you soon and would like to remind you that new members are always welcome.  If you introduce a new member you will get a free ticket for a film.

We are always looking for members who would like to get involved in the organisation of film club.  We welcome Sue K as a new member of our committee.  Please get in touch if you would like to help out.

Best wishes,
Film Club Committee
Jo W
Wilf I
Sue K

History of the Film Club
The Film Club celebrated the installation of its own equipment with a screening of Quartet in June 2013, which was very well attended and greatly enjoyed.

We will now become the Final Friday Film Club, so you can block out the last Friday of the month in your diary for films in the Village Hall from now on.

Film club is for members only, a one-off payment of £10 makes you a life member, but members are always welcome to bring family and friends.  If you would like to have your email address added to the Film circulation, even if you are currently not a member but are interested in hearing about screenings, please contact Jo W.

Tickets for Friday films:
Members £5 each film (to include puddings and tea/coffee after the film)
Guests £6, which includes £1 temporary membership

Doors open 7.15 pm, film starts at 7.30 pm.  Bring your own drinks to enjoy with the movie.  Puddings, tea, coffee and convivial chat provided after the film.

Currently the organisers are planning occasional Sunday afternoon films preceded by tea and cakes.  There will be no charge to members for the film and a nominal charge of about £2.50 for the refreshments.  Doors open 4 pm with the film at 4.30 pm.  Please contact Jo W for further information.

Booking for the films is not essential but it helps with catering.  We look forward to seeing you and encourage you to bring friends and neighbours.  If you have any queries regarding any of the films please contact a member of the committee.  Any member who introduces a new member will get a free screening.

The film club now has a growing collection of DVDs which we would like to make available to members.  We plan to have them available on screening days.  Members can borrow these films by writing their details in the book.

Children’s Film Club
We would very much like to start a children’s branch of the Film Club so we are looking for volunteers to co-ordinate this.  It would be great to get a group of parents together to organise a regular screening for children.  We would hope that the children would get involved in the planning, advertising, catering, etc.  Any ideas?  (Leave a comment here and it will be passed on.)

Film Club Committee
Jo 
Wilf